The 52nd Eurovision Song Contest, held in Helsinki, Finland, is now over. This year's winner is Marija Serifovic from Serbia, who sang Molitva (Prayer), a truly beautiful love song. It was a powerful performance on the night, low on gimmicks and sang entirely in Serbian - a rarity these days when most countries opt for the safety net of English lyrics. Marija proved that Eurovision isn't just about high impact dance routines and glamorous outfits, and that a well-sung ballad can reach the top. I'm delighted with the result, as Molitva was one of my favourite songs this year.
Serbia were given the sought-after douze points by:
It was also voted by every other country, except Andorra, Estonia, Lithuania and Turkey, totalling 268 points.
Congratulations, Marija! Well done, Serbia!
Belgrade here we come :-)
This is the actual performance from the night:
Ukraine came second with 235 points and a performace which couldn't be further removed from Serbia's if they tried. Comes to show that there's room for everyone on Eurovision ;-)